Beer Sessions with Brett
It is believed that the first Belgian beer appeared during the Crusades in the XII century. Local monasteries brewed and sold beer to earn on charitable deeds. In addition, it was an alternative to water, which in those days was often unsuitable for consumption.
Today in Belgium produce more than 1,500 varieties of beer. Many local breweries use not only the usual bottom and top fermentation, but also spontaneous and mixed fermentation. Hence the hallmarks of Belgian varieties – a variety of tastes.
Palm dates back to 1686 as a hotel brewery in the town of Stenhuffel. By the middle of the eighteenth century, Palm was already quite a successful local brewery selling beer to residents of the city and surrounding villages. Having survived the First and Second World Wars, as well as the crisis of Belgian brewing, Palm still brews beer in the same Stenhuffel, but is already part of the Royal Swinkels Family Brewers large family business. Continue reading
Anthony Gladman believes that “bot sharing” is a great way to discover new beers and try something that you would hardly ever be able to get yourself.
After a bottle of beer crosses the threshold of my house, it can be in several places. I can put one in the refrigerator so I can get it and drink it soon. Such beer does not linger for a long time. Another can go to the kitchen cabinet – a dark and cool place. This applies to a slightly stronger beer, which I will not drink spontaneously or while eating, as well as dark beer, which does not need much cooling. Be that as it may, in most cases I drink this beer for a couple of weeks. Continue reading
Four years ago, John Hall invited me to perform at a beer festival that was once held by the now defunct All About Beer Magazine. One of the “speakers” was Mary Itzett, who at that time was on a tour in support of her recently published book on home brewing, Speed Brewing. She came to the festival with her husband Chris Kusme, and I had a chance to spend a little time with them. (Those who are familiar with this couple – and there are many of them – know how interesting and charismatic they are, the mention of which involuntarily gives a smile.) In the following months and years, I followed Mary and her husband on Facebook, watching behind how they slowly but surely took their passion for home brewing to the professional level by opening the Fifth Hammer Brewing brewery in Long Island City. Continue reading